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Jennifer Grey Crowned 'Dancing With the Stars' Champ

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM EDT

By Michael S. James
By Sheila Marikar


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November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA (WKBW/ABC) - "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey became the season 11 champion of "Dancing With the Stars" after coming out on top based upon an equal combination of judges' scores and viewer votes.

Disney Channel star Kyle Massey took second place while Bristol Palin placed third.

"This has definitely been a life-changing experience and I've had the time of my life," Palin said after her defeat.

At the top of the show, Grey, who has topped the judge's scorecards with regularity this season, revealed she had to go to the hospital following two perfect scores from the judges in competition Monday night. Despite a severe back injury, she said she would keep trying to dance for the title.

"I think I left a little bit of my spine on the floor and I ruptured a disk," she said toward the top of the show. "This might be my last two chances to dance on this show with [professional dance partner] Derek Hough. I think I'd better do it."

She did dance two more times. After winning, she added, "I'm really glad I did."

After learning of her win, she embraced Hough, who lifted her off the floor and spun her around. Show host Tom Bergeron warned him to be careful of Grey's back injury.

The winners then hoisted the winners' mirror ball trophy over their heads as confetti rained down.